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11:20 AM ET, December 1, 2022

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Washington Post:
Trump's dinner with antisemites provides test of GOP response to extremism  —  Republicans are showing increasing boldness in criticizing Trump over his meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West who has issued anti-Jewish diatribes
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A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
Yes, He Will Burn It All Down  —  Nearly two years ago a prediction was published here, a warning to Republicans that “Donald Trump is going to destroy their party.  Not because he wants to or even because he's trying to.  But because the destruction of the GOP will be required in order to fill his psychological needs.”
Discussion: Morning Shots and Raw Story
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Stuck With Ronna  —  How does such a loser become the longest-serving RNC chair in modern history?  —  If you want to know how bad things are for the Republican party, consider this: The person most likely to be selected next month to chair the Republican National Committee has already overseen …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and RedState
Politico:
Biden world once ignored Marjorie Taylor Greene.  Now it's making her the face of the GOP.  —  With a fractured Republican party readying to take the reins in the House of Representatives, the White House is doing something it resisted early in office: taking on the more extreme members of the opposition party.
Newt Gingrich / Gingrich 360:
Quit Underestimating President Biden  —  If Republicans are going to successfully work through the next two years in Congress - and win the presidency in 2024 - we need to look much more deeply at what worked and what did not work in 2020 and 2022.  —  Republicans must learn to quit underestimating President Joe Biden.
Discussion: Wide World of News
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The New Crossover Members of the House
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Herschel Walker Ex Comes Forward: He Attacked Me in a Rage  —  Cheryl Parsa says she endured cheating, lying, violence, and multiple personalities during her romance with the gridiron great. … A former longtime girlfriend of Republican senatorial candidate Herschel Walker has come forward …
Discussion: The Guardian, Forbes and Raw Story
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Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:
'It's all bullshit': Democrats unload on the crypto industry while hearings loom  —  Sign up for Semafor Principals: An insider's guide to power in D.C.  —  Your Email addressSign Up  —  At a moment when Congress is finally debating whether and how to seriously regulate the cryptocurrency industry …
Discussion: CoinDesk
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New York Times:
‘Look, I Screwed Up’: Sam Bankman-Fried Is Challenged on the Collapse of FTX  —  FTX, the crypto exchange Mr. Bankman-Fried founded, declared bankruptcy this month in a failure that wiped out billions of investor dollars.  He said his lawyers did not want him to talk, but he answered questions at the DealBook Summit.
Politico:
House, Senate negotiators agree to add $45B to Biden's defense budget  —  An emerging compromise on annual defense policy legislation will endorse a $45 billion increase to President Joe Biden's defense spending plans, according to four people familiar with the negotiations.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
A Right-Wing Zionist Digests Trump's Anti-Semite Dinner Party  —  Can the former President be the “best friend Israel ever had in the White House” while also legitimatizing “Jew-haters”?  —  Three weeks ago, the Zionist Organization of America gave what it called its highest honor to former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Althouse and The Hill
Evan Halper / Washington Post:
U.S. gas prices plunge toward $3 a gallon as demand drops worldwide  —  The average price of gas is back to where it was before Russia invaded Ukraine.  It is putting real money back in Americans' wallets.  —  The cost of gasoline is falling so fast that it is beginning to put real money …
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Rise in Iranian assassination, kidnapping plots alarms Western officials  —  In the summer of 2021, officers from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service showed up at the Vancouver home of Ramin Seyed Emami, an Iranian Canadian musician and performer who hosts a popular Persian-language podcast.
Politico:
Friends to the left of him, critics to the right: McCarthy's stuck in the chase  —  House Republicans are playing high-stakes tug of war with Kevin McCarthy's speakership dreams.  And now both sides are digging in their heels.  —  On the GOP leader's right, conservatives are meeting …
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Semafor:
In the Speaker's race, it's Kevin McCarthy versus the phantom conservative
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Liza Lin / Wall Street Journal:
How China's Biggest Protests in Decades Unfolded Over Five Days  —  Created with sketchtool.  —  1x  —  SINGAPORE—China's internet watchdog instructed tech companies to expand censorship of protests and moved to curb access to virtual private networks this week, as a government clampdown succeeds …
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
FBI denies purging conservative employees in letter to Jim Jordan  —  Jordan may escalate his FBI probe once taking control of the House Judiciary Committee  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for December 1  —  The FBI denied accusations from Republicans on Capitoll Hill …
Discussion: CNN and Frontpage Mag
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Audits That Included Comey, McCabe Were Random Selections, Report Finds  —  Inspector general's study found no evidence of misconduct by tax agency  —  WASHINGTON—IRS research audits in 2017 and 2019—the years that FBI leaders James Comey and Andrew McCabe were selected for those intensive exams …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: ‘Dems in disarray’ makes a (brief) comeback  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Since Election Day, the drama in the House has been concentrated on the GOP side, as KEVIN McCARTHY tries to overcome a MAGA world mutiny to get the gavel …
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
John Nichols / The Nation:
Senate Democrats Need to Fight Harder Than Marco Rubio for Rail Workers  —  Unless federal intervention to avert a rail strike includes a guarantee of paid sick leave for rail workers, it shouldn't be approved.  —  President Joe Biden wants Congress to block a railroad strike after members …
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Why America's Railroads Refuse to Give Their Workers Paid Leave
Lilah Burke / New York Focus:
The Private Equity ‘Black Box’ Pours New York Pensions Touting Divestment Into Fossil Fuels … In Cheshire, Ohio, the General James M. Gavin Power Plant dumps toxic coal ash into unlined “storage ponds” that sit above the area's groundwater.  Thick blue plumes of sulfuric acid rise …
Saqib Rahim / NBC News:
This California city asked where its recycling went.  The answer wasn't pretty.  —  Four years ago, city officials in Palo Alto, California, posed what they thought was a straightforward question: Where did their recycling go?  —  Concerned citizens had seen dire headlines about plastic dumping …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP is openly vowing debt limit extortion.  Act now, Democrats.  —  It's clear that the incoming House GOP majority will try to use debt-limit extortion to extract all kinds of concessions from Democrats.  This will likely focus on refusing to raise the nation's borrowing limit to try to secure deep spending cuts.
Reuters:
U.S. Inflation Reduction Act ‘super aggressive,’ Macron tells lawmakers  —  French President Emmanuel Macron addressed U.S. lawmakers from both political parties on Wednesday and pushed back over new American subsidies that are riling European leaders, according to a participant in a closed-door meeting.
Brad Miller / American Prospect:
The Corruption of the Legal Profession  —  A new book shows how corporate law firms bear great responsibility for the degradation of the rule of law.  —  The Washington, D.C., offices of Jones Day … Jones Day, one of the world's largest and most powerful law firms, disgraced itself in its work for Donald Trump.
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
Musk's Neuralink Hopes to Implant Computer in Human Brain in Six Months  —  Elon Musk's Neuralink Corp. aims to start putting its coin-sized computing brain implant into human patients within six months, the company announced at an event at its Fremont, Calif. headquarters on Wednesday evening.
David Batty / The Guardian:
Banks failing to comply with anti-corruption rules and sanctions lists  —  Officials named on Magnitsky lists as well as criminals can easily access global finance systems, study finds  —  Criminals including terrorists and tax evaders, as well as government officials subject to sanctions …
CNN:
Georgia GOP chairman singled out by judge for central role in fake elector plot  —  A state judge singled out Georgia Republican Party chairman David Shafer, one of the fake electors for Donald Trump, for the unique role he played in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the Peach State as part of a ruling on Wednesday.
Renata Segura / Foreign Affairs:
Haiti Needs Help … In Haiti, violence, hunger, and cholera threaten to kill thousands of people.  As conditions grow ever more dire, gangs are preventing humanitarian assistance from reaching those on the brink of death.  A record 4.7 million people face acute hunger and almost 20,000 people are enduring …
Discussion: Politico, Al Jazeera and Haitian Hearts
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
The Washington Post will end its Sunday magazine, eliminate positions  —  Executive editor Sally Buzbee said the magazine would end ‘in its current form’ after printing its final issue on Dec. 25.  —  The Washington Post will stop publishing its stand-alone print magazine …
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Here's how federal judges think about diversity in hiring law clerks  —  Most say they consider race as a factor when hiring but still struggle to build diverse chambers, a new article says  —  As the Supreme Court considered ending the use of race as a factor in college admissions last month …
Discussion: SSRN
 
 
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Fred Lucas / The Daily Signal:
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David Pan / Bloomberg:
Crypto Lenders' Woes Worsen as Bitcoin Miners Struggle to Repay Debt
Discussion: New York Daily News
Human Rights Watch:
Hungary: Data Misused for Political Campaigns
Discussion: The Economist and Politico
New York Post:
Danny Masterson rape case declared a mistrial
Jesse Scheckner / Florida Politics:
Happy holidays? Florida school district walks back decision to nix Hanukkah presentation
Zack Fink / Spectrum News NY1:
Assembly prepared to vote against seating Brooklyn Republican over residency question
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Garland praises Oath Keepers verdict, won't say where Jan. 6 probe goes
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Paul Farrell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden's married, non-binary nuclear waste guru who stole woman's $2,325 bag from airport hosted SPANKING seminar at kink conference just weeks later …
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
House committee receives Donald Trump's federal tax returns from IRS
Politico:
The quiet maneuvering that delivered Jeffries the top House Dem spot
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS warns of domestic terror threats to LGBTQ, Jewish and migrant communities